Sony MDR-7510, headphones

Sony MDR-7510

£134

Frequency response: 5 Hz to 40 kHz

Impedance: 24 Ohms

Sony’s closed-back headphones have long been a popular choice in studios. The MDR-7510 is the successor to the excellent 7509 model, which topped the range for a decade. At the same time as the 7510 was introduced, Sony also released a new flagship model, the 7520s, but at £455 they’re a premium option. Thankfully, the cheaper 7510s are still a very impressive pair of headphones.


The 7500 series has always been especially popular for tracking thanks to the impressive isolation of the over-ear design, but the sound itself is revealing enough to ensure they’re not one-trick ponies. The 7510s are detailed and powerful without being harsh.

Like all closed designs, there’s some degree of boxiness to the sound, but the response is still true and clear enough for critical decision-making. Although they’re certainly not as revealing as some of the open-backed models listed here, if you need good isolation then the Sonys follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. A very appealing option for all-round studio use.

23rd March, 2015

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